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WIRED2015 — HIGHLIGHTS
This fifth flagship event from WIRED convened in London on October 15 and 16, 2015. WIRED2016 will take place in October 2016 — check back soon for speaker updates and agenda announcements.
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WIRED2015 MAIN STAGE SPEAKERS
Bringing the WIRED world to life, WIRED2015 showcased the innovators changing the world and promoting disruptive thinking and radical ideas. There were more than 50 speakers over the two-day event, presenting stories about their work in science, design, business and many other fields.
Singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, IndiaFive-octave vocalist Gingger Shankar is the only female musician to play the ten-string double violin. She has performed with Katy Perry and The Smashing Pumpkins. In partnership with the INK Conference, India.
World’s youngest headmaster, IndiaAli started a school in his backyard at the age of nine. He’s now 23, and his organisation in Murshidabad, West Bengal, has around 300 students and ten teachers. In partnership with the INK Conference, India.
Afghan educator and entrepreneur, AfghanistanAs one of Afghanistan’s few female entrepreneurs, Mahboob has faced multiple threats in her homeland. She has created nine IT centres for girls and plans to expand the project throughout the continent.
Program director, WITNESS, USAWITNESS uses video to highlight human-rights abuses and give a voice to the oppressed. Sam Gregory launched a Webby-nominated human-rights YouTube channel and talks on the subject.
Sun storm scientist, FranceMiho Janvier is an astrophysicist studying the Sun’s atmosphere, in particular solar flares and how they impact Earth’s weather patterns. She works at France's Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale.
Irrationality analyst, USALeslie John, a Harvard Business School assistant professor, researches the seemingly paradoxical and self-destructive decisions that people make – with a focus on online privacy.
Robot builder, USAAlexander Reben is fascinated by AI. He builds robots – such as The First Law, that can choose to hurt its operator – to explore their relationships with humans.
Artist and film-maker, UKDi Mainstone is an audio artist whose projects include The Human Harp – a kit that turns suspension bridges, including Brooklyn Bridge, into giant harp pianos.
Pashmina goat farmer, IndiaFormer McKinsey analyst Afzal quit his lucrative career to become a Pashmina goatherd. He will share his journey from India’s tech scene to its Kashmir valley.
Off-grid energy engineer, UKWith BuffaloGrid, Daniel Becerra is using solar energy to provide power and internet connectivity to millions of people who have a mobile phone but limited access to electricity. In partnership with the Gifted Citizen programme, Mexico.
AR and VR pioneer, UKEd Barton's company Curiscope is democratising augmented- and virtual-reality experiences, and making education more interactive with its Virtuali-Tee biology app.
Fighting cancer with genomics, USAAt Californian biotech firm Natera, chief scientific officer for oncology Cheng-Ho Jimmy Lin is using genomics to create personalised treatment in the fight against cancer and other rare diseases.
Bionic arm builder, UKSamantha Payne’s Open Bionics turns amputee children into superheroes with its robotic hands, inspired by the worlds of Frozen, Star Wars and Iron Man.
Chief scientific adviser to HM GovernmentSir Mark Walport's 2015 report 'Distributed ledger technology: beyond block chain' suggests the technology is key to the UK's future economic growth.
CEO, EpiphyteEpiphyte provides financial institutions with faster, cheaper and most transparent international transactions over the Bitcoin blockchain network.
CEO & co-founder, ColuBitcoin entrepreneur Amos Meiri founded Colu -- a platform that uses blockchain technology to bring trust to all types of transactions, both digital and physical.
CEO & Founder, Starling BankWith Starling Bank, Boden is creating a mobile-first bank that’s designed with usability at its core.
Co-founder and general manager, AzimoAzimo is a low-cost, fast and safe way to send money to 195 countries. Its services include cash pick-up, bank transfer, phone top-ups and a mobile wallet.
Chief operations officer, KabbagePetralia co-founded Kabbage, a platform offering capital or small loans to people who sell products online – whether it’s jewellery on Etsy or iPhone cases on eBay.
Virtual reality platform builderCreator of virtual civilisation Second Life, Rosedale is now CEO and co-founder of High Fidelity -- a company pioneering shared virtual worlds.
Entrepreneur and investorLonsdale co-founded big data analytics firm Palantir and is partner at VC fund 8VC. An investor in fintech firms Prosper Daily and Aspiration, he brings a Silicon Valley view on Europe’s entrepreneurial opportunities.
Artificial intelligence pioneerCo-founder of Google DeepMind and head of applied AI, Suleyman oversees the company’s projects to simulate brain-like neural networks.
Peace activistBerry’s father was killed in the IRA’s Brighton Hotel bombing, carried out by Patrick Magee. Now, her NGO, Building Bridges for Peace, aims to promote peace with communication and forgiveness.
Former IRA memberMagee killed five in the 1984 Brighton bombing, including the father of Jo Berry. Released from prison under the Good Friday Agreement, the former terrorist will appear on-stage with Berry.
Entrepreneur and investorHinrikus was Skype’s first employee before co-founding TransferWise – one of London’s few unicorn startups – in 2011. He shares lessons on building transformative companies.
Immersive experience designerLejeune’s creative studio, Obscura Digital, creates digital experiences such as hologram performances and light installations at global landmarks, including the Vatican and the Empire State Building.
Moonshot co-ordinatorTeam Indus, India’s private space programme, aims to land a spacecraft on the Moon by 2018. Ravishankar is building its workforce and leads its outreach programme.
Artist & innovatorDutch artist Roosegaarde creates social designs that beg to be interacted with, and which explore the relationships between people, technology and space.
Iceland's sole billionaireThe Icelandic investor and self-proclaimed “adventure capitalist” who made billions, lost everything, then made it all back, shares some lessons learned.
Bollywood filmmaker & philosopherA Bafta-award-winning filmmaker, Kapur has directed hit international and Bollywood movies, including Elizabeth and Bandit Queen. As a storyteller he embraces both panic and spirituality as creative tools.
Comedian and freestyle rapperUK comedian and lightning-fast freestyle rapper, Turner has more than 2.5 million video views on YouTube. Be prepared to be part of his act.
President & CEO, UpholdUphold helps people move, hold and spend any form of money or commodity online. It has enabled more than $900 million in transactions.
CEO & founder, Motif InvestmentMotif lets investors build portfolios around broad concepts and themes, such as natural resources or biotech.
CTO & co-founder, FeedzaiPaulo Marques’ data science firm Feedzai uses machine learning to prevent fraud for payment networks, banks and retailers.
Head of open APIs, BBVAKarkal aims to open up the core banking platform and services of BBVA and allow companies to build products and services on top of them.
MD & president, SFS & Co-founder, KnipCo-founder of mobile-first insurance broker, Knip, Christina Kehl helped launch Swiss Finance Startups – an association of more than 70 fintech innovators.
Founder and chairman, Atom BankThomson is currently building Atom, a digital bank that aims to provide people with all the services of a normal bank, via a mobile app.
Founder and CEO, OurCrowdIsraeli company OurCrowd enables startup investment via crowdfunding. Startups regularly raise millions of dollars using the platform.
Chief data officer, Deutsche BankThe former chief scientist of Salesforce is now responsible for enhancing Deutsche Bank’s data quality and controls, to improve its digital strategy.
Founder & CEO, The FloowMonteforte’s The Floow is using smartphones as a data collecting device for insurance companies, reducing premiums and making driving safer.
CEO & board spokesman, Fidor BankFormerly the youngest CEO of a German direct bank, Kröner is CEO of digital bank Fidor, which recently launched in the UK.
CEO, EarthportEarthport aims to create a faster, cheaper cross-border payments system. Typically it offers 50 percent cheaper remittances than the market average.
CEO and co-founder, KreditechUsing big data algorithms and automated processes the Kreditech creates a credit score for everyone – including the unbanked population.
Founder and CEO, GuevaraSerial entrepreneur Kim Miller founded Guevara, a car insurance platform that allows drivers to pool their premiums for significant savings.
Comic Sans creatorThe designer of Comic Sans explains what happens when you design the world’s most controversial typeface - which is both loved and loathed.
Artist and activistTolokonnikova, artist and member of Russian band Pussy Riot, who served time in jail after being convicted for “hooliganism”, will talk about how digital tools can empower activists and reveal truths that hold the powerful to account.
ChefRedzepi founded Copenhagen’s Noma, one of the world’s most-awarded restaurants. He will lead a special MAD-curated session on how food is being reinvented.
Building hit games at King.comKurgan’s company develops some of the world’s most popular games and apps, including Candy Crush Saga and Farm Heroes Saga.
Nutrition hackerTetrick's company, Hampton Creek has raised $120 million to bring healthier and affordable food to everyone, using the world's untapped plant kingdom.
North Korean defectorNorth Korean-born Hyeonseo Lee escaped the regime in 1997. Now living in South Korea, she has become an activist for refugees.
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